Today in West Hawaii history | June 21

June 21, 1984: The Hawaii County Council agrees to draw up a resolution, that if eventually passed, could place Hawaii County Taxpayers Association’s initiative petition to reduce the property tax rate from $8.60 per $1,000 assessed valuation to $4 per $1,000 assessed valuation on this fall’s ballot. The resolution, however, must be passed before the full council and the petition’s legality remains in question.

Authorities are still finding marijuana at the Kulani honor camp recently closed down by state prison officials. Halawa guards temporarily assigned to the shakedown crew found processed marijuana June 19 in two different places on the 10,000-acre prison property. Since the shakedown in March, a number of weapons, drugs and other contraband has been located at the prison.

The Hawaii Police Department reports recovering 7,757 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $1.55 million in a Ka’u Green Harvest program yesterday. The report said 16,768 plants ranging in height from one inch to 1 feet were recovered.

June 21, 1994: An organization has challenged Hawaii County’s approval of a major golf course subdivision in South Kona. “Plan to Protect,” a community organization in Kona, charges state Sunshine Laws were violated when the Hawaii County Council adopted “Draft 6” of the ordinance which gave Oceanside 1250 proper rezoning for phase one of the Villages at Hokukano Subdivision.

Environmental concerns may add to the price consumers pay for tires beginning July 1, when new state disposal laws go into effect. The law, approved in June 1993, prohibits whole tires from being buried in Hawaii landfills. It requires tire dealers accept old tires when new tires are purchased, old tires may then be accepted by a tire recycling company. There are no tire recycling companies on the neighbor islands, so those new prices may include old tire shipping and disposal costs. On Oahu some dealers are changing between $2 and $2.50 per tire for disposal.

The Kailua-Kona Boxing Club, with eight fighters, captures eight gold medals at the Aloha State Games. The eight members were: Van Oscar Penovaroff, Chris Penovaroff, Jotham Slade, assistant coach Jack Samoa, Aisea Lelenoa, Kalani Brigoli, Xavier Cortez, Erran Matola, Tye Burnham, and head coach Tim Penovaroff.

June 21, 2004: Oakland, Calif., resident Aaron Pierson wins the full Kona Marathon with a time of 2:43.20, following a second-place finish in 2003. Honolulu’s Jeannie Wokasch claims is the first woman across the finish line with a time of 3:17.33. The win is Wokasch’s eighth at the Kona Marathon.